The Horror Honeys: Honey Interview: Heather Langenkamp

Honey Interview: Heather Langenkamp

In support of her new movie Home - a haunted house spook fest that is also a morality tale of sorts, star and genre favorite Heather Langenkamp was kind enough to answer a few questions from the Honeys about her new film and her history with the horror genre. 


HH: Obviously, a film featuring an interracial lesbian couple is progressive, to say the least. Do you feel as though the horror genre has been progressing satisfactorily, or what areas do you believe the genre still has work to do, so that we can see more films like this?

Heather: I’m torn. Because while I love to see an interracial homosexual married couple on the screen,  what happens to them is not only horrible but there’s a strong moral undertone to the story that implies something about God’s will. Always left to the viewers’ interpretations of course,  but often,  whenever bad things happen to people in horror there is an underlying cliche’d message about why those people die and others live. In horror especially,  the stereotypes of our society are laid bare by who gets killed and who gets to survive.  

HH: It seems like more and more new horror films, are focusing on taking normal life changes and situations (like blended families), and examining how people deal with them with an added horrific element. Are there any new ideas/unchartered territory you’d like to see the genre explore, that hasn’t been done before, or done well?

Heather: There are so many varieties of horror. Revenge tales. Tales that explore our dark psyches and fantasies that take over our imaginations and bodies.  Morality tales that pay people back for crimes with horrible justice. Tales about familiar people for whom life takes a scary turn. I don’t know where this one fits. It’s a combo of a haunted house, vengeful spirit, and strange morality play. 

HH: Did you have any special advice to pass down to Kerry Knuppe, from one Final Girl to another?
Heather: Kerry was fantastic to watch.  Born to battle evil.  And I have to admit I am more than a little jealous of the beautiful ingenue who gets to go crazy on film and wear her hair like that.

HH: Are you a horror fan with your family at home? Why or why not?

Heather: I watch very little horror. Truly, I detest sadism - the idea of sadism and the practice of it - in reality or fiction. My idea of entertainment includes laughing and feel good experiences. I know. You can gag now. But, I’ve always been unbelievably aware of my own mortality and the mortality of others. I have never found death a laughing matter or entertaining.  I’m not drawn to any dark sides. I appreciate all the art forms that create horror and am involved with those on a daily basis.  But I rarely respond to the story lines. Once in awhile, I say, “oh! that’s different.”

HH: What recent horror films have you loved/wished you had been involved in?

Heather: Cabin in the Woods.

HH: Wes Craven’s passing hit the horror community hard - how does it feel to be a part of one of horror’s biggest legacies?

Heather: It’s still impossible for me to comprehend how I could possible be part of something so gigantic. And of all the horror movies in the world, I truly love Nightmare on Elm Street as a film.  It is beautiful to watch. I find myself at this place filled with gratitude to Wes Craven for creating such a character and believing in me the way he did. The movie grew and grew in stature over the years, I have always been an amused observer of the tastes and trends in our culture that have made Freddy Krueger a star. I am extremely proud of being Nancy.  

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Thank you, Heather!